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Upcoming events discussed by Hancock County commissioners

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County commissioners announced upcoming programs during their meeting Thursday.

Senior Center Director Beth Wolanski announced the county senior center partnered with Hancock County Savings Bank to hold an Identity Theft and Fraud Education Seminar. The seminar will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 8.

It is open to anyone who wants to attend, but reservations are required. The seminar will be held at 647 Gas Valley Road, New Cumberland and reservations must be made by Oct. 4.

The senior center also is holding a Pumpkin Party at noon on Oct. 29. During the party, seniors will have the chance to compete in a pumpkin painting or carving contest. The best pumpkin will receive a prize, and reservations for this event are required by Oct. 15.

In other action, the commission:

• Approved the transfer of Anne Blankenship from part-time employee at the Hancock County Animal Shelter to full-time administrative assistant in the commission office.

• Approved the provider agreements on behalf of Juvenile Mediation Services.

• Approved a contribution of $10,000 to the Greater Weirton Senior Center. This donation is typically made yearly.

• Approved the assessor’s commission for the duty of submitting annual farm reports to the Agriculture Commission.

• Approved the assessor’s extra duties compensation upon the receipt of approval from the State Tax Department.

• Approved the receipt and release of agreement with the Business Development Corporation. Commissioner Jeff Davis explained the $135,000 was the final payment from the BDC for properties the commission bought the BDC to use for business development.

• Approved Victoria Cornell’s resignation as full-time dispatcher and application for part-time dispatcher at the 911 Center. Cornell was also approved to receive compensation for her accrued vacation time.

• Approved hiring Bernadette Varlas as a full-time dispatcher at the 911 Center.

• Announced the animal shelter had 271 animals come into the shelter and 191 animals leave the shelter during the month of July.

• Approved hiring Kelly Vargo and Rayna Allison as full-time employees at the animal shelter.

• Announced they are accepting applications for part-time employees at the animal shelter.

• Approved travel reimbursements for commissioners Paul Cowey and Joe Barnabei. Cowey was reimbursed $259 and Barnabei was reimbursed $190 for travel expenses associated with an audit training.

• Announced Hancock County has new voting machines, and the board of elections will be at the Hancock County Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 to register voters and to demonstrate how to use the new machines.

• Hancock County Extension Agent Carole Scheerbaum announced that the Oldtime Fair is this weekend.

The next meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.

(Riedel can be contacted at jriedel@reviewonline.com)

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